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GAO: IRS Faced Multiple Challenges During 2021 Tax Filing Season, GAO Report: Tax Filing—2021 Performance Underscores Need for IRS to Address Persistent Challenges

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued a report on IRS’ performance during the 2021 tax filing season. The report assessed IRS’ performance during the 2021 filing season on: (1) processing individual and business income tax returns; and (2) providing customer service to taxpayers. GAO analyzed IRS documents and data on filing season performance, refund […]

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Filing Deadline for Petition to Review CDP Determination Nonjurisdictional, Eligible for Equitable Tolling

The Supreme Court reversed and remanded a Court of Appeals decision and held that Code Sec. 6330(d)(1)’s 30-day time limit to file a petition for review of a collection due process (CDP) determination is an ordinary, nonjurisdictional deadline subject to equitable tolling in appropriate cases. The taxpayer had requested and received a CDP hearing before the […]

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Eligibility Requirements Waived for Individuals in Certain Countries Claiming Foreign Earned Income Exclusion

The IRS has provided a waiver for any individual who failed to meet the foreign earned income or deduction eligibility requirements of Code Sec. 911(d)(1) because adverse conditions in a foreign country precluded the individual from meeting the requirements for the 2021 tax year. Qualified individuals may exempt from taxation their foreign earned income and housing cost […]

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Government Employees Who Receive Returns or Return Information Subject to Disclosure Restrictions

The IRS has issued a guidance stating that government employees who receive returns or return information pursuant to disclosures under Code Sect. 6103(c), are subject to the disclosure restrictions, like all designees who receive returns or return information pursuant to taxpayer consent. Further, government employees who receive returns or return information pursuant to disclosures under Code Sec. […]

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Letters Going Out to Taxpayers Missing Qualified Opportunity Fund Information

Taxpayers who may need to take additional actions related to Qualified Opportunity Funds (QOFs) should begin receiving letters from the IRS in April. Taxpayers who attached Form 8996, Qualified Opportunity Fund, to their return may receive Letter 6501, Qualified Opportunity Fund (QOF) Investment Standard. This letter lets them know that information needed to support the […]

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Tax Gap Closer to $1 Trillion – IRS Commissioner Rettig

The gap between taxes owed and taxes collected by the Internal Revenue Service could be approaching $1 trillion, IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig told members of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform’s Government Operations Subcommittee as he advocated for more funding for the agency. During an April 21, 2022, hearing of the subcommittee, Rettig noted updated tax […]

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IRS Provides Information About 2022 Educator Deduction Increase

The IRS reminded educators that they will be able to deduct up to $300 of out-of-pocket classroom expenses when they file their federal income tax return for tax year 2022. This is the first time the annual limit has increased since 2002. For tax years 2002 through 2021, the limit was $250 per year. The […]

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IRS’ Rettig Reiterates Backlog, Hiring Progress Before Senate Finance Committee

Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Charles Rettig remained positive that the agency will be able to return to a normal backlog of unprocessed returns and other mail correspondence by the end of the year and noted progress on hiring more people to help clear the backlog. “With respect to our current 2022 filing season, we are […]

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Simplified Return Filing Procedures Let Individuals Claim 2021 Child, Recovery Rebate and Earned Income Credits

Simplified Return Filing Procedures Let Individuals Claim 2021 Child, Recovery Rebate and Earned Income Credits Individuals who are not required to file tax returns for 2021 may use simplified procedures to file returns to claim: The 2021 child credit, which was expanded and increased for 2021. The IRS may have paid up to one-half of […]

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